Sunday, 1 May 2011

What a beautiful garden!

Yesterday we decided we would risk the traffic and visit Bodnant Gardens near Conway in N.Wales,about a 45 minute drive from our house.It is a 5o acre garden with views towards Snowdonia.Bodnant was only the second garden to be given to the National Trust(Hidcote was first)without a house.It was donated in 1949 by Henry McLaren and is still managed by the Aberconways.

A new Head Gardener was appointed six years ago and has done lots of new planting like the tulips and cherries above.

The herbaceous border to the right has also had lots of new plants.

BUT this what Bodnant is famous for-its azaleas and rhodedendrons.They are magnificent and have to be seen at this time of year.The azaleas in our garden are just coming out so we knew we had to go soon.We are so glad we did.

The Aberconways house can be seen in the background.

Yellow paeonies.

You go down into a narrow valley with a stream running through and enormously tall trees and of course azaleas and rhodos.

It truly is wonderful.

here I am taking a rest and taking it all in with huge orange euphorbias in front of me.

I can well recommend a visit if you are in the time I'll photograph more areas of the garden because there is lots more to see!!

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